Creating an Ethical Position in Family Therapy

By Ivan B. Inger; Jeri Inger | Go to book overview

EDITORS' FOREWORD

In the increasingly complex world in which we live, there are a greater number of diverse points of view, or discourses, put forward on any issue. For example, minority groups add new voices to the debate about how we should live our social lives, and many people are questioning traditional institutions such as religion and marriage. All of this means that there are fewer and fewer absolutes to guide our lives, and if this is so then we are all left to ourselves to evaluate what is going on and to make decisions about how we live our lives. This is the ethical position.

However, the Ingers take this process one step further by saying that the values that underlie our decisions are created through an interactional process. Although we have to take responsibility for our own ethical position, we only achieve it by creating ideas through social exchange. While this process takes place on a daily basis through a thousand exchanges with other people and with the trappings of our society, it also occurs in the relationship between therapist and client. The ethical position described in this book is that which allows both the therapist and the client to own their presuppositions and understand the effect that they have on their

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